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Planning & Community Development Department:

Welcome to the Barrow County Planning and Community Development Department. This site is intended to provide useful information about the department's programs and services and invite public participation. We welcome your suggestions on how to make improvements.

The function of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to promote and enhance the well-being of residents, visitors, property owners, and businesses of Barrow County. The department accomplishes its mission through programs and services that encourage high quality development as well as maintenance of existing neighborhoods. The Department of Planning and Community Development consists of the Planning Division, Community Development Division, and the Geographic Information System (GIS) division.

The Planning Division is a multifaceted division that is responsible for the development of policies, regulations, and procedures for the protection of public health, safety, and welfare.

The Community Development division provides administration of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, Unified Development Code (UDC), occupational tax licensing, alcohol licensing, and most recent State of Georgia building codes. This division processes and provides code inspection services for development and building permits, business license, alcohol license, erosion & sediment control permits, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, and other UDC regulations. This division also administers the zoning and variance process and provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and the Keep Barrow Beautiful Board. This division is also responsible for updating the official zoning map, the county’s Comprehensive Plan 2007-2027, and the state required short term work program, as well as, provides technical assistance to citizens, developers, builders, and other county departments.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) division provides a support function to all county departments and the general public by creating, updating, and maintaining an efficient geographic information system. This division also assigns and maintains the structure street address system and approves all street and subdivision names for the entire county and all municipalities.

Historic Courthouse
30 N. Broad Street
Winder, Georgia 30680

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Dan Schultz
Planning & Community Development Director
770-307-3034 ext. 4993

Rebecca Whiddon
Planning Manager
770-307-3021 ext. 4193

Linda Birt
License & Permits Coordinator
770-307-3021 ext. 3025

Jarrett Perry
Development Inspector
770-307-3021 ext. 3806

Department Stats:
Full-Time Employees: 6
FY 2019 Budget: $911,653